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McCambridge named head coach in Hartford

New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named Keith McCambridge head coach of the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

McCambridge is the sixth head coach in Wolf Pack history and replaces Ken Gernander, who was relieved of his duties last month after 10 seasons as head coach.

McCambridge, 43, joined the Rangers organization as the Wolf Pack’s assistant coach on August 3, 2016. Prior to working with the Wolf Pack, McCambridge served the previous five seasons as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets’ AHL affiliates in St. John’s (2011-15) and Manitoba (2015-16), winning 179 games and leading the IceCaps to the Calder Cup Finals in 2014.

The Thompson, Man., native served as an assistant coach with Manitoba for two seasons (2009-11). McCambridge also spent six seasons with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL (2003-09), serving three seasons as a player/assistant, one as an assistant coach and two as head coach.

McCambridge played 11 professional seasons after being drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1994, including 378 games in the AHL with Saint John, Providence, Houston and Cleveland.